A couple of years ago, I used to run daily.
Before you picture me in athletic gear and Nike running shoes with beads of sweat on my forehead, let me tell you that I just ran indoors. I did it for two reasons: first, I didn’t want to see “bad-vibe” neighbours (our lovely ex-yaya who propagated malicious rumours against us ‘round the village was still working for a neighbour back then) and second, I didn’t have athletic gear or running shoes. LOL!
But you know what? It still worked. I had quick (okay, relatively quicker) metabolism and strong legs. It wasn’t hard for me to lose weight then.
Until I stopped because of weak knees.
I was still breastfeeding heavily then so I attributed the knee pain to it, but running also contributed, so I just stopped. And then I grew fatter and fatter… /sob story
But recently, I noticed that my knees are no longer aching. It’s as if the knee pain didn’t exist at all. Because I’ve gotten a lot heavier and most of my clothes no longer fit me, I was motivated to exercise again. I couldn’t run again though, at least, not yet. I had to start with something easier, like walking.
For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been taking Yuri walking around our village. Yuri is at that age where he’s already fun to be with. We talk a lot when we walk, and the little guy’s pretty funny!
I also love that we see many of our neighbours (ex-yaya is no longer here!!! Yay!) along the way and get to greet them a good afternoon. We especially like greeting retirees and old people tending to their gardens. They look so calm and serene.
And it’s a great learning opportunity for Yuri who’s entering preschool in a few months. We look at different plants and flowers (and sometimes pick them) and just learn about the world in general!
At the end of the day, when we go home sweaty and tired, getting fitter will just be a great added bonus.